Christine Pompa Killed, Teenager Injured in Car Accident in Hays County, TX
Hays County, TX -- November 6, 2022, Christine Pompa was killed and a teenager was injured following an accident where their cars crashed.
Investigators said that the crash took place at around 8:55 a.m. along RM 967 off Onion Creek Lodge Road.
Initial details said that 38-year-old Christine Pompa was in a Buick LaCrosse traveling northwest on RM 967. An 18-year-old was in a southeast Chevy Silverado. For reasons currently unconfirmed, the vehicles crashed near head-on.
Pompa sustained fatal injuries while the Chevy driver had injuries said to be incapacitating. While authorities suggested Pompa may have been on her phone, they say the teenage driver had alcohol in his vehicle and may have been drinking. These details have yet to be confirmed.
Commentary on Christine Pompa Car Accident in Hays County
These possible contributing factors are certainly common ones, and neither would surprise me. In fact, both being involved wouldn't surprise me. But what may surprise others is just how complex certain scenarios could make a situation like this. The possibility of alcohol in particular makes it worth considering the crash finds its way into the hands of professionals more experienced with looking into dram shop law.
Put simply, dram shop law says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. Police may be quick to hold drunk drivers accountable, but they rarely look into dram shop on their own. This can be a vital avenue to get people the help they need, and it can also be a vital tool in holding negligent businesses accountable for their role in someone's death--not to mention the possibility here of serving a teenager.
So while I certainly couldn't say what happened here without more information, I see enough familiar red flags to know that a crash like this likely requires more thorough investigations than police alone are likely to conduct.